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  • Objectives
    This one-year Introduction to Fine Art certificate program is designed for students with an interest in fine art. Students are encouraged to explore the role of artists in society, examine how art relates to cultural identity, and further appreciate the uniqueness of our Canadian culture. Students receive an introduction to such topics as drawing, painting, electronic media/photography, and Canadian art history. This program is beneficial to students who wish to experience a college level introduction to a fine art program, or who want to explore career opportunities as visual artists, gallery workers, designers or teachers. One-Year Certificate Program On successful completion of two semesters (September-April), students are eligible to graduate and receive an Ontario College Certificate. Graduates may apply to another program at the College or may continue their studies in the second year of the General Arts and Science program. Some credits acquired during the one year certificate program may be considered as transfer credits towards other college programs.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate/Diploma General Arts and Science - Introduction to Fine Art
  • Course description

    Level 1


    ART0009 Drawing as Expression I

    This course provides a stimulating introduction to general drawing principles and how they apply to various genres. Students are introduced to different media and creative concepts to enable unique visual self expression.

    ART0010 Introduction to Acrylic Painting I


    This course introduces students to the versatile painting medium called "Acrylic". Students have the opportunity to learn about the characteristics and capabilities of this amazing medium through a variety of practical exercises.

    ART0011 Life and Costume Drawing

    Drawing the human form in a clothed and unclothed manner is the focus of this course. Knowledge of anatomy and drapery is gained through practical exercises.

    DAT5758 Computer Foundations I

    This course provides an introduction to the use of a current word processor, presentation software, spreadsheet, Internet browser, email and operating system.

    ENL1813G Communications I

    Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments.

    HIS0009 Canadian Art History I

    This course explores the evolution of Canadian art from 1665 in New France to the Group of Seven in 1920. Aboriginal art created within this same time period is also examined, as well as the European influence upon architecture, furniture design and high craft.

    Level 2


    ART0012 Drawing as Expression II


    Through a variety of practical exercises, students continue to explore the dynamic and sensitive world of drawing using assorted media. A range of methods and materials are examined and utilized to create powerful visual statements.

    ART0013 Acrylic Painting II

    This course builds on Acrylic Painting I and introduces students to material and methods employing this highly versatile medium.

    ENL1823G Communications II

    This course develops critical elements of workplace communication with emphasis on clear writing techniques. In addition, students give presentations supported by technology and assess their own communication skills.

    HIS0010 Canadian Art History II

    This course is an extension of Canadian Art History I and focuses on the fine art produced in Canada from The Canadian Group of Painters to the present time, including performance video, installations, and contemporary photography.

    SSC0041 Fundamentals of Creative Photography

    This course provides an introduction to photography using digital technology. Students explore the functions, operations and formats available through camera technology. The business, design and artistic merits studied enable students to appreciate and execute photographic work demonstrating proper composition, colour and lighting techniques, image manipulation and photo presentation skills. Students are required to have access to a basic digital camera for this course. Specifications for the camera are as follows: minimum 4-5 megapixels, exposure modes-program, auto, manual, and shutter.

    SSC1714 Ethics

    Through examination of the basic components of ethical thought and moral decision making, students learn to identify areas of ethical concern, discuss those areas with respect and sensitivity to divergent views, and make decisions on ethical issues using these components. This process increases and enlivens the moral sense and sensitivity of students, enabling them to conduct themselves with integrity in their professional and personal lives.

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